Ruth Merrill

Brief Life History of Ruth

When Ruth Merrill was born on 15 March 1743, in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Joseph Merrill Sr., was 33 and her mother, Ruth Corliss, was 30. She married Captain Jesse Willson Sr. on 28 May 1762, in Pelham, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died in 1779, in Antrim, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 36, and was buried in Old Town Cemetery, Newton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.

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Captain Jesse Willson Sr.
Ruth Merrill
Marriage: 28 May 1762
Sarah Wilson
Patty Wilson
Jesse Wilson Jr
Hannah Wilson
Benjamin A. Wilson
James Wilson
Eliab Wilson
David Wilson
Nathanael Wilson
Abigail Wilson

Sources (27)

  • Ruth Merrill, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Ruth Merrill, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Unknown in entry for David Wilson and Sarah Young, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"

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Name Meaning

Welsh and English: from a female personal name of Celtic origin, found in Welsh as Meriel and Meryl and in Irish as Muirgheal, earlier Muirgel (‘sea-bright’).

English: habitational name from one or more of the many places whose names derive from Middle English mirie, merie, murie ‘merry, pleasant’ (Old English myrge) + hill, hell, hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll), including two places called Merry Hill in Staffordshire and a third in Hertfordshire.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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